Jade Patterson

Swine Tax headline Little Buildings- interview

Swine Tax headline Little Buildings- interview

On the October7, Swine Tax, a ‘noisy, artsy Indie rock band’, along with three incredible supporting acts, Primitive Painters, Blushes and WWCP, hit Little Buildings- a fully licensed rehearsal space that also hosts live music. Located in Byker down near the quayside, it’s filled up to the ceiling with fairy-lights along with posters covering the walls, it’s […]

 Adam Delicate

Interview: Hyde & Beast “Everything is quite DIY around here, people do things for themselves”

Interview: Hyde & Beast “Everything is quite DIY around here, people do things for themselves”

We’re fast approaching summer, which means one, well two, things: cider and festivals. For us North East natives, festivals are fast becoming a rarity, despite us arguably producing some real little gems in the last decade, one of these being Hyde & Beast. Northern Lights’ Adam Delicate spoke to band members Dave Hyde and Neil […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Static Brings the North East’s top MCs to World HQ

Static Brings the North East’s top MCs to World HQ

In terms of gigs, the Hip Hop and Grime divisions of the North East’s music scene are rarely seen on the bill of events in the area, much less headlining them. Coming May 9 to World HQ, in Newcastle, Static is providing the stage for a showcase of some of the region’s most respected rappers. […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

Ken Masters sets the bar with bars about bars inside a bar…

In the latest release from Ken Masters, the Geordie MC spits bars about bars, with a music video shot inside a bar – and in doing so, sets the bar for releases this year. Using the polysemous term “bar”‘ as a centre point for his newest release, Master’s constructs a series of (rap) bars which exhibit […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

“We got a canny good reaction to our new music” The Montagues on their new material

“We got a canny good reaction to our new music” The Montagues on their new material

Local music editor Becca Leighton-Cox, caught up with The Montagues last week to talk about their adjustment to from a four piece, to a three piece band, up-coming gigs and what to expect from The Montagues in 2015. The Montagues will be releasing some new material on March 21, as well as playing a gig […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Jamilah – Something & Love

Review: Jamilah – Something & Love

When it comes to music, it takes something special to grab my attention if it’s not Hip Hop. In the North East, there are only a handful of acts that have managed to turn my head – Lisbon, Street Party In Soho and Mitch Laddie Band. Last week, I was introduced to a new entrant […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Big Beat Bronson Bid Farewell With Doggy Bag EP

Big Beat Bronson Bid Farewell With Doggy Bag EP

When it comes to North East’s local music, Big Beat Bronson are without doubt one of the most talented bands to come out of the region. Their adrenaline-pumping, genre-blending production lays a bouncy backdrop for the fronting trio of Mista Breeze, Baron Von Alias and Eliza Lawson to exude their own energetic excellence, to become […]

 Melanie Hall

Newcastle's Bar Loco brings a new spin to a night out

Newcastle's Bar Loco brings a new spin to a night out

Many venues across our region have revolutionised their music scene in recent months with a higher demand for live acts and a variety of music. Other venues have embraced the past and brought much-loved vinyl records back to a night out. Newcastle’s Bar Loco is one of those venues. They pride themselves on standing out from […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Oxford band Badlands set to play The Cluny 2

Oxford band Badlands set to play The Cluny 2

Showcasing a trio of southern bands, Badlands headline The Cluny 2 on Monday January 19. With support from their fellow Oxford based Orange Vision and London natives Shark Dentist, Bandlands come to the Byker venue to promote their new EP “Fortune Gone”, released earlier this month. The indie-rock five-piece have earned positive comments for their […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Deaf Havana duo James Veck-Gilodi to play The Cluny

Deaf Havana duo James Veck-Gilodi to play The Cluny

Deaf Havana guitarist and lead singer, James Veck-Gilodi, is coming to the North East between a string of nationwide gigs. In his ventures outside of the alternative rock band, he will be playing a gig in Byker’s The Cluny on Friday January 16, with support yet to be announced. Veck-Gilodi will be backed by multi-instrumentalist […]